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Art and design lessons provide opportunities for children to work in ways that differ from other subject areas; in ways that support the development of well-rounded children. Within our school, art and design is employed to enable pupils to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them and to communicate their thoughts and ideas across the curriculum. All pupils will be taught art, craft and design to engage, inspire and challenge them. Their developing knowledge, skills and understanding will equip them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils become artists and designers, they will be taught to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Through cross-curricular work, pupils will learn that art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Children are encouraged to use line, colour, shape, space, form, tone, texture and pattern alongside a range of materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meanings in the works of artists, crafts, people and designers and apply it to their own work.
Regular project with 'Artists in Schools' and other professional artists, ensure that our children have access to the highest quality teaching and learning in art that we can provide. The school has the Artsmark Gold award from the Arts Council of Great Britain in recognition of our work in the four art forms of dance, drama, music, art and design.




  1. To provide opportunities for children to share and discuss their subjective opinions about their own work and the work of others in ways that are respectful.
  2. To use the programmes of study of the National Curriculum for art to underpin teaching and learning.
  3. To enable pupils to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  4. To help pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques and experience success in the subject.
  5. To teach pupils how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  6. To ensure that pupils know about great artists craft makers and designers; both male and female and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  7. Place art and design in a wider context, making it relatable for children by making links to current affairs and popular culture.
  8. To support children in making links between art and design and their learning in; English, mathematics, geography, history and science.




  1. Allow chances for children to work both alone and collaboratively in an environment where they feel safe taking risks and are not intimidated by ‘getting it wrong’.
  2. To ensure progression in art and design is mapped effectively across the key stages.
  3. Pupils will be taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and create, whilst making independent discoveries. Children will be given time to  create with opportunities to review and refine their work.
  4. Children will learn how to use drawing, painting and 3D work to develop and share their ideas-both verbally and in written forms-to express their experiences and display imagination in an environment  where all are valued.
  5. Pupils will be taught how to develop a wide range of art and design techniques, underpinned by the teaching of the visual elements of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  6. Knowledge and skills are supported through the implementation of a progressive vocabulary structure, displayed and discussed as appropriate. Children will be encouraged to use this when evaluating their own and others’ work.
  7. Pupils will be taught to develop a wide range of skills and techniques, including the control and use of a variety of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different disciplines in art, craft and design.
  8. Pupils will be enabled to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  9. To plan our teaching and learning in such a way that we enable each child to access deep learning and reach for the highest level of personal achievement; including the use of a range of strategies to identify gifted and talented children
  10. All children will be encouraged and shown how to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and 3D work  with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay, recycled materials]
  11. Children will learn about the work of a wide range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices, disciplines and cultures. They will be encouraged to make links to artists’ work and their own work, both in their current projects and with their work in previous year groups to build upon prior learning.
  12. Inform children about the creative industries and careers that exist and empower them to pursue creative endeavours within school and beyond.


During their time in this school, children will benefit from a rich, broad and balanced programme of art and design. Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.


We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary which also form part of the units of work. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Subject leader monitoring and teacher dialogue where pupil’s work is scrutinised and there is the opportunity for teachers to understand their class’s work and develop curriculum opportunities further.


Children will experience and experiment with a wide range of materials as they explore art and design to enable them to grow and flourish as artists and designers. They will build a growing awareness of the art and design which runs through their own history, culture and other cultures as they are introduced to the world of artists and works of art. Children will learn about sculptors, designers and architects and they will be taken to galleries, exhibitions and places rich in architectural heritage to broaden their horizons, appreciate great works of art and design and experience how art is integral to the success of our society.